Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Boosting Engineering Science & Technology (BEST) Robotics Grant: Higher Education Agency (HEA) Local Hub Teacher Professional Development (LHTPD) 2017

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Outreach's goal is to increase the awareness of K-12 and college students to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, in order to enhance the number of U.S. scientists and engineers capable of solving future Missile Defense challenges in the Government, industry, and academia.

Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) Robotics, Inc. (www.bestinc.org) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization whose mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, technology, and math through participation in a sports-like, science-and engineering-based robotics competition.

BEST's mission is to engage, inspire and excite students to pursue STEM majors and STEM careers through the vehicle of an after-school robotics program and competition. BEST values access and diversity and encourages participation of all students and schools by providing a free program supported through the fundraising and mentoring efforts of a large higher education and industry volunteer corps.  

The purpose of this announcement is to allow Official BEST Robotics Inc. Local Competition Hubs the opportunity to obtain financial support for providing direct teacher professional development to teachers within their first three (3) years of being a team teacher for a BEST Robotics team. Teacher professional development ensures general STEM training for teachers and ensures a successful experience during their local BEST Robotics season, advancing the awareness of and engagement in STEM with K-12 teachers and students. 

Deadline: Jun. 30, 2017 (was Jun. 9, 2017)

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Official BEST Robotics Inc. Local Competition Hubs (only) may submit proposals. Local Competition Hubs must be approved by BEST Robotics Inc.’s National Headquarters and managed by a Higher Education Agency (HEA) - junior college or four-year college/university. BEST Robotics Regional and World Competition hubs and hubs not managed by an HEA are excluded from applying to this grant opportunity. Teachers identified by their hub for training must be full-time employees of the public school system.



Amount Description

The MDA will award no more than $160,000.00 through this grant opportunity in FY17. The number of awards is not predetermined. Each hub’s individual grant award will vary, but will not exceed $5,321.40, including the 5% administrative supplement. Estimated cost per teacher attendee should not exceed $506.80 and must be compliant with the local travel and lodging per diem. A HEA will submit one proposal, for up to 10 team teachers. Individual teachers should not submit proposals; all proposals should be submitted by a HEA/BEST hub. 

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

June 30, 2017